|Jets reach agreement to trade disgruntled Kendall to Redskins|
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|Thursday, 23 August 2007 09:05|
o about $2.7 million.
It's a trade the Jets needed to make, and one the Redskins had hoped to avoid. Kendall had asked to be traded or released because New York wouldn't renegotiate his contract, and his frustration was evident almost daily at training camp in his statements to reporters and his body language on the practice field - where he stood far from his teammates while the first-team offense practiced.
``We were really comfortable with the trade and the value that we got in the trade,'' Jets coach Eric Mangini said Thursday. ``When this opportunity presented itself, we thought it was a good opportunity and, as always, we're trying to make the best decisions to help the team win.''
For the Redskins, the trade essentially ends coach Joe Gibbs' unusually frugal effort to replace Derrick Dockery, who signed a huge contract with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent in the spring. Gibbs' first option was to talk Todd Wade - a career tackle - into re-signing and moving to guard, but Wade struggled at training camp before hurting his shoulder in the first preseason game.
``I'm not totally surprised,'' said Wade, who expects to become a backup tackle again. ``I'm a little disappointed as far as the timing of all this, but the coaches have to feel confident, and get a guy in there as soon as possible and get him ready for the (season opening) Miami game. Me not being able to get out there and prove myself puts my situation in a bind.''
Mike Pucillo, mostly a backup in his four NFL seasons and more naturally a center, took over when Wade was injured, but he was partly responsible for allowing the hit by Brett Keisel that nearly ended quarterback Jason Campbell's season last week against Pittsburgh. Campbell was fortunate to escape with a badly bruised knee and won't play this week against Baltimore.
Running out of options, Gibbs made the trade even though he had hoped to curtail the strategy of trading draft picks, a philosophy that has slowly depleted the team's depth. He was vague when discussing the trade Thursday, declining to discuss Kendall's expected role in detail and defending the move by saying: ``If you feel like it's a good deal for you, you do it.''
Kendall, in his 12th season, was expected to arrive at Redskins Park late Friday afternoon.
Kendall was lauded by Mangini last season for helping left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold develop as rookies. But things soured in the offseason when Kendall asked for the raise, feeling the Jets had reneged on an understanding that the four-year contract he signed last year would be redone after 12 months if he played well.
Rather than hold out, Kendall was at every practice during training camp because he didn't want to pay the possible $14,000 in fines for every absence. He worked mostly with the second-team offense as Adrien Clarke and sixth-round pick Jacob Bender - normally a tackle - practiced with the starters at left guard.
Kendall also worked as the backup center, a position he failed at two years ago when he was pushed into the role because of injures. Last weekend, he botched two snaps out of the shotgun in a preseason game against Minnesota.
Kendall spent three seasons with the Jets and previously played for Seattle and Arizona. He has 156 career starts.
``Pete and I had a great conversation last night,'' Mangini said. ``I wished him well and he thanked me. We joked about having beverages on Cape Cod when I'm down there.''
AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. in Hempstead, N.Y., contributed to this report.